A.W. Mellon Postdoctoral Program

Annual Themes

The theme for 2017-2019 is Translation, Adaptation, Transplantation. We seek applications from scholars whose research addresses theories and practices of translation in intercultural and transcultural contact zones and transnational circulations. Projects may focus on any medium, historical period, or area of the world, including analyses that work across different media or regions of the world. They can treat human or nonhuman communications. Projects might consider the extent to which translation—linguistic, aesthetic, and cultural—is possible, as well as the conditions of its possibility, whether understood as a movement across languages or between language and other modes of representation. At what point or through what means does translation become visible? What is the relation between translation and interpretation?

Potential topics related to Translation, Adaptation, and Transplantationinclude, but are not limited to the movement of works across aesthetic genres and modes; coding and code-switching; the robotic and the manual; signification; vernacularization and nativization; circulation and interruption; transculturation and appropriation; remixing and recycling. Projects might take up or work beyond recent scholarship devoted to contact zones, borderlands, cosmopolitanism, and interpellation. We welcome applications from scholars undertaking research in aesthetics; philosophy; film and media studies; digital and visual cultures; literature and language studies, including comparative and world literature; translation studies; critical race studies; gender studies; disability studies; cultural and area studies; anthropology; critical and political theory; and other core and emerging fields in the humanities. Interdisciplinary scope across these fields or between the humanities, arts, sciences, and social sciences, and projects that apply innovative methods, are especially encouraged.

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2017-2018: Translation, Adaptation, Transplantation

We seek applications from scholars whose research addresses theories and practices of translation in intercultural and transcultural contact zones and transnational circulations. Projects may focus on any medium, historical period, or area of the world, including analyses that work across different media or regions of the world. They can treat human or nonhuman communications.
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2016-2017: Climates and Natures

We seek applications from scholars whose research addresses the conceptions, representations, experiences, and transformations of the earth and its regions – that is, work that reflects the environmental humanities, broadly conceived. How does a changing earth – past, present, or future – affect and become affected by society, culture, politics, and arts?
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2015-2016: Violences

We seek research that addresses the locations, causes, experiences, and effects of violence in scales varying from large to small, societal to individual, transnational to domestic, transhistorical to localized, physical and psychological, to epistemological and spiritual.
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2014-15: Religion and Secularism

We invite applications for cutting-edge work from researchers across the humanities and humanistic social sciences whose work reflects upon or has significant implications for the meanings and effects of religion, secularism, or postsecularism in past, current, or future societies.
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2013-14: Democracy

We welcome work focused on any aspect of democracy, from Ancient Greece to the contemporary Middle East; from the emergence of print to the rise of digitization; from social movements (new and old) to liberalism (new and old); from the avant-garde to popular culture. Research may focus on any region of the world, any period of history, and any language, medium, genre, or form.
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2012-2013: Media

We invite applications for excellent, cutting-edge work focused on any media (verbal, visual, audial, kinetic); on any forms (oral, print, performance, digital); and on any media systems (local, global, private, mass market).
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2011-2012: Life

Especially welcome: work at the intersection of the humanities and life sciences; work that theorizes or historicizes the concept of life; work that involves cross-cultural and comparative perspectives; and work that challenges disciplinary or methodological boundaries.
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2010-2011: World Citizenship

Especially welcome: work that deals with transcontinental and transnational contacts shaped by world systems, human and cultural mobilities, colonialism, enslavements, decolonization, and multiple forms of agency.
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